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Crowds Gather for Third Day of Protests in Kenya

Kenyan riot police are patrolling streets in central Nairobi, as protesters gather for a third day of demonstrations over proposed changes to a draft constitution.

Witnesses say police Thursday fired tear gas to disperse crowds as demonstrators again defied the government ban on protests.

On Wednesday, one person was killed and scores of others were injured as riot police fired tear gas and water canons and used batons to stop protesters from marching towards the parliament.

Police blame the violence on looters who, they say, are taking advantage of the chaos.

Meanwhile, Kenyan lawmakers are debating proposed changes to a current version of a new constitution that calls for the creation of a powerful prime minister.

Allies of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki want to amend that clause to retain the powers of the presidency.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.